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Decree Law No. 10/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 50/2020, Series I of 2020-03-11
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 10/2020
  • Pages: 2 - 6

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law alters the organisation and functioning of the Single Contact Point for International Police Cooperation (PUC-CPI) and approves its organisation.

The PUC-CPI is the operational centre responsible for coordinating international police cooperation.

The PUC-CPI gathers under the same management:

    • the National Sirene Office;
    • the National Interpol Office;
    • the Europol National Unit;
    • the coordination of national and foreign liaison officers;
    • the coordination of Police and Customs Cooperation Centres;
    • the contact points arising from the Prüm Decisions (these EU Decisions are legal instruments for exchanging information between EU Member States in the fight against terrorism, for example); and
    • the Passenger Information Office.

The PUC-CPI forwards national information requests, receives and disseminates internally information from foreign police authorities, and validates and forwards national responses.

Its operation is uninterrupted and is carried out in shifts by elements of the National Republican Guard (GNR), the Public Security Police (PSP), the Judiciary Police (PJ), the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), and liaison elements of the Tax and Customs Authority (AT) and the Maritime Police may also be placed.

These operational elements are indicated by the respective entities and appointed by Order of the Secretary General of the Internal Security System.

The PUC-CPI, in addition to the management office that ensures its coordination, has legal, technical and administrative support services.

What is going to change?

The list of offices that make up PUC-CPI now includes the Passenger and Information Office (GIP), which operation is ensured by elements of GNR, PSP, PJ, SEF and AT, and may also include a liaison officer of the Maritime Police.

It provides for the interpretation of the powers of the Support Services.

The modality of shift work for operational staff will now exist, with the possibility of extending it to Support Services staff.

It regulates the payment of shift work (by the Office of the Secretary General of the Internal Security System).

It modifies the scheme applicable to operational and support staff as a service committee.

It clarifies that the operational staff of the PUC-CPI maintain their functional nature as police and criminal police bodies;

It puts the organisation of the PUC-CPI in the form of a decree-law.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law, by altering its organizational structure, adapts PUC-CPI to the needs of its operation.

It guarantees greater and more effective international police cooperation.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 16 March 2020 and takes effects on 13 february 2020.

Original Version


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